Jay Kvapil


Member, NASAD Commission on Accreditation
Re-elected October 2015, term ends October 2018

Jay Kvapil is Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at California State University Northridge. Previously, he served as Director of the School of Art at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) as well as Chair of the School of Art for ten years, Interim Dean for two years, and Associate Dean of the College of the Arts for two years. His teaching career began at University of Hawaii in 1984, moving to CSULB in 1986. While at San Jose State, he also served as Conference Director for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in San Jose, 1982.

A practicing artist in the field of ceramics, Professor Kvapil is currently represented by Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles. His work has been shown at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Dorothy Weiss Gallery San Francisco, The Oakland Museum, at The Scripps College Invitational, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and in numerous other national and international exhibitions.

He received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Literature from the University of the Pacific followed by one and one-half years study of tea ceremony ceramics in Japan in 1974 and 1975 with the master potter, Takatori Seizan, in a remote area on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. There, he achieved the rank of Journeyman Potter. Returning to the United States in 1976, he attended San Jose State University where he received his Master of Arts in Ceramics in 1979 and his Master of Fine Arts in Plastic Arts in 1981.
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Updated October 2015